What is inclusive cycling?

Two riders on a handcycle quad tandem
Riding a handcycle quad tandem
Inclusive cycling is about making cycling available to everyone. It's about creating awareness of cycling as a great way to get about and to keep fit, no matter what age you are, your cycling ability or any other challenges you face.

Cycling is inclusive; it's for all abilities. No matter what personal obstacles you need to overcome, there is a cycle to suit your needs. Adapted cycles are used by people all over the country to get around and for leisure activities, but if you're not a confident rider or are unable to cycle around independently, then there are inclusive cycle centres that can help.

Inclusive cycle centres provide a safe environment to cycle, with routes that cater for adapted bikes, where individuals, friends and families can cycle together. They attract a diverse range of users, including:

  • Children or adults with special education needs
  • Children or adults with a range of disabilities 
  • Families of mixed abilities
  • People with weight management or health goals
  • The elderly
  • Reduced/little mobility (including wheelchair users, amputees, and those with coordination problems)
  • Visual impairments
  • Mental health issues
  • Recuperation after ill health or after an operation
  • Dementia and dementia-related diseases (such as Alzheimer’s)
  • Stroke recovery
  • Inexperienced cyclists


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